Next season’s Scottish Premiership calendar will see no fixtures taking place on Boxing Day as Rangers prepare to learn their SPFL fixtures tomorrow morning.
The SPFL will release the dates at 9am tomorrow (Friday) for the 2022/23 season, with a five-week break in November and December as a result of the World Cup in Qatar.
It is six years since a full card of fixtures was scheduled for Christmas Eve, last happening in 2011 although most clubs would bring their games forward 24 hours, and the absence of Boxing Day fixtures will be a disappointment for many fans and clubs alike.
For many smaller clubs, Boxing Day is often one of their bigger gates of the season with most people off work – although there is still the prospect of some fixtures being moved for TV.
Christmas Eve hasn’t really been a popular date with fans in the past with the SFL scrapping games on December 24 way back in the 1970s after complaints.
Rangers and Celtic likely to clash on January 2 as SPFL fixtures set to be released
Despite the traditional Boxing Day games disappearing, the January 2 fixtures will remain on the card, with Rangers and Celtic set to meet in their usual New Year Old Firm.
The five-week break for the World Cup will take place following the sixteenth round of fixtures on the weekend of November 12 and 13 with fixtures resuming the day before the World Cup final on December 17.
However, there will then be no midweek fixtures before Christmas Eve with a midweek card slated for December 28.
Rangers will kick off the Premiership season on July 30/31 with the Gers’ opposition confirmed tomorrow morning.